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Clarence Edward HAWKINS

Regimental number6360
Place of birthMelbourne Vic
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address155 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, A C Hawkins, 155 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 10
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In the HANNEBEEK Valley (near WESTHOEK) on the 23rd October, 1917, driver C.E. HAWKINS, with a party of pack animals and other drivers, were caught in a heavy barrage. This driver's two horses were blown into a shell hole and became bogged, the other drivers succeeded in getting their horses away to a flank. Notwithstanding the heavy shell fire, driver HAWKINS remained with his bogged horses, cleared them of their saddlery and loads, got them out of the bog and ultimately delivered his ammunition to his battery, returning afterwards to the shelled area and assisting to extricate the abandoned horses whose drivers had been wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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